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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System:Ignition:Switch

NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012008

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


Car stalling in starting. Car would attempt to turn over without success. Taken to 2 mechanics who could not identify the problem and one stated they could not even duplicate the problem. After getting stranded over a 2 week period around the holidays, the car was taken to the dealership which stated the module and coil needed to be replaced. Paid $500 to replace the items to be stranded the same day the car was picked up from service. Was then told it was short in the "new" module which shorted the PCM (?). 2 weeks later the car began acting up again with the same issue for me to take it to a different dealership, for them to lock my cylinder and then want to charge me $700+ dollars for them to repair something they broke. Then advised me that I would have to pay that for them to fix the lock cylinder and ignition switch for them to continue diagnosing the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 092007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Ignition switch/cylinder went bad again within 2 years after being replaced while under warranty.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 152006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4-door. I bought the car used from hertz with 23000 miles. Since November 2006 it failed to start on 4 occasions. The first time the shop replaced the battery. Two weeks later it failed again, usual scenario is for all dash lights to be displayed, but only a click or no indication that a connection had been made when ignition key was turned. This time, shop said starter failed. Next week, car wouldn't start again. Shop towed car and reprogrammed system. In April 2007 same problem occurred. Dealer replaced ignition switch.

- Edina, MT, USA

problem #2

May 102007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles
Security light on, car won't start.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 012004

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
The ignition switch/rear hub assembly, and fan motor, have been either serviced and/or replaced due to fluids leaking out. Check engine light was on, and the vehicle was still leaking fluid. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for repairs.

- Bath, NY, USA

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